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Cover Story: Charice Set to Soar

Cover Story: Charice Set to Soar

Charice is not only becoming known in US but also in Asia. She will have tours to promote her album in some Asian countries in the next months. Read the two articles from Malaysia and Singapore.

COVER STORY: Charice set to soar

SHE first opened our eyes and ears as a young girl with powerful vocals on the stage of The Oprah Winfrey Show, which led to her moving duet with prominent songstress Celine Dion and, most recently, her performance of her chart-topping single Note To God.

With a voice that extends way beyond her 18 years, Charice Pempengco is about to wow us yet again but this time with her long-awaited self-titled debut album now out in the stores. Charice comprises 12 songs written and produced by some of the best in the industry, including legendary music producer David Foster and multi-Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren.

Her instant success in the United States came as a shock to the Filipina, whose real name is Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco. “I still can’t believe it. So many people helped me to be where I am today, and I’m honoured to have them supporting me all the way,” she said in a recent phone interview.

Charice Cover story Cover Story: Charice Set to SoarDespite her fame, the international singing sensation has yet to reach the stage where she is mobbed by photographers. “Here in the States, I do have Filipino fans coming over for a quick photo. This is fine, though, because it’s so much fun, especially in the Philippines.” Long before she made an appearance on Oprah, Charice was first discovered on YouTube, in a video where she performed for a Korean show called Star King. Impressed with her vocals, award-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres flew her in to the States and made her a guest performer on her show. Charice then made an appearance on the Paul O’Grady Show in London, which then led her to several performances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. “You are a force to be reckoned with. That voice comes from something bigger than yourself,” Oprah told her.

Charice owes it all to her mother, Raquel Relucio, for introducing her to music. Raquel was a singer in a band, so watching her practise sparked some interest in Charice. Raquel started giving her vocal lessons when she was four and by the time Charice was seven, the girl had entered many local singing competitions.

Charice said her mother was there for her every step of the way. To show her appreciation, Charice bought her a house on Mother’s Day.

The legendary music producer, David Foster, plays a big influence in Charice’s music career. After taking notice of her on Oprah, he invited her to join his David Foster And Friends’ PBS show in Las Vegas, where she shared the stage with renowned singers such as Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli. Foster also had written a powerful song called In This Song, which will be in her upcoming debut album. “Working with him is great. He is very funny, but also a perfectionist. He is very particular when it comes to work. It has to be great, not just good,” says Charice.”He is also very fatherly, so it was a very comfortable experience.” Aside from her performance on David Foster And Friends, Charice also performed alongside Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany and Celine Dion on her show in Madison Square Garden in New York. Charice listed Beyoncè Knowles and Justin Timberlake as singers she would love to perform with next. As someone whose name is spreading fast in the States, Charice was thrilled when she had the chance to meet up with American celebrities. One memorable experience was when she met Paris Hilton, who said that she had recognised the girl from Oprah and wanted to take a picture with her.

Since her music is mostly based in the States, it is likely for Charice to permanently move to the country, but it is still in planning. “It all depends on how my career will turn out, but currently I’m still living in the Philippines.” Charice had made her first movie appearance in last year’s Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Acting is something that also interests Charice but if given a choice, she’d love to be a part of a horror film as she is addicted to the genre. Other than that, she also loves dancing and would love to try that in the future.

With her hectic schedule in making music, Charice managed to allocate some time to further her studies. She is currently enrolled for a Bachelor of Arts in a Communications online course at the Southern New Hampshire University in Boston, Massachusetts.

As part of David Foster And Friends, Charice will be going on an Asian tour but the dates are not yet confirmed. Her self-titled debut album will be out in stores this month.


source: Malaysia

Submitted by: Elisha

Singer With 13 Million Hits

by Veronica Koh,  The Straits Times

Filipino singer Charice Pempengco may be only 17, but she has performed with Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, and is deemed “one of the most talented kids in the world” by American talkshow queen Oprah Winfrey.

Singaporeans may remember her guest performance in the finale of Singapore Idol in December last year.

Lauded for her strong soprano voice, the teenager had won third place in the Philippines’ children talent show Little Big Star when she was 14. But she lapsed into relative obscurity until a fan started uploading videos of her performances on YouTube in mid-2007. Some of the videos have attracted up to 13 million hits.

Speaking to Life! from the Philippines, Charice said: “YouTube started everything for me. I had no idea that my videos were online until I accidentally stumbled upon them. It was completely unexpected, and I’m grateful to my fan.”

She was then invited to perform on the South Korean variety show Star King, and the video of that performance caught the attention of American talk-show host Ellen Degeneres, who invited her to perform on her show in December 2007.

Charice said: “I didn’t know about the show at that time, and when I was invited to perform, I went online to find out more and got really excited.”

In May 2008, she performed on The Oprah Winfrey Show and met the talkshow host, whom she described as “really motherly and nice”. Winfrey introduced her to 15-time Grammy award-winning music producer and singer David Foster, who has worked
with the likes of Mariah Carey and the late Michael Jackson.

Charice said: “It was because of David, who invited me to perform at his concert David Foster And Friends that I could meet performers such as Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.”

She performed a duet with Bocelli during his birthday concert in Italy in July 2008 and with Dion during her Madison Square Garden show in September 2008.

Her upcoming US debut album titled Charice, comprises mostly pop songs, and a ballad titled Note To God, which was produced by Foster and written by acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren.

It will be officially launched on Winfrey’s show. Charice will be making an appearance alongside teen sensation Justin Bieber.

The album will be available for sale in Singapore tomorrow. She has been working on it for the past 1 1/2 years, shuttling back and forth between the Philippines and the US to record it. She has released two albums in her home country and this will be her first in the US.

She said: “I wanted a fun pop album for my fans to sing and dance along to, a change from singing ballads, because I’m a teenager and this is something I wanted to try.”

Already, her single Pyramid featuring rapper Iyaz has made its way to the No. 2 spot on the US Billboard dance chart.

The most memorable thing she has accomplished so far, she said, is buying her mother, who used to be a singer, a car and a house for Mother’s Day last year.

The talented teen also juggles her singing career with school by taking college classes online. She added that while she is kept busy jet-setting around for performances and promoting her album, she stays grounded by finding time for normal teenager activities.

“I go online, shop at the mall, hang out with my friends and I’m still doing the things that I used to do before everything started.”

Fame is something that is still relatively new to her, she said.

“I’m not really used to it yet. I’m just enjoying it as it comes. Everything happened so quickly, it’s been like a crazy rollercoaster ride for me so far.”

This article was first published in The Straits Times last Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

source: Singapore

Posted by Capofret

12 Responses to “Cover Story: Charice Set to Soar”

  1. bld9696 says:
    Of all of the wonderful pictures of Charice out there, the one at the top of this article is still my favorite. It really shows her natural, youthful beauty. Beautiful girl (or I guess I should say woman now) with the greatest voice in the world. Keep it going all the way to the top, Charice.

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  2. ArrVee says:
    @jimFan155 – I am Filipino, but when I saw the Hitman, Star King and Celine duet videos, though I felt some national pride for her, I sensed with the enormity of her talent and its inexplicable impact on us, that she transcended national and cultural boundaries. Hers is the all-too-familiar and universal narrative of the underdog that we identify with and root for, albeit armed with an other-worldly talent, something we normally associate with fairy tales. Like the Star King judge said that she made the stage look small, her talent is too big for our artificial boundaries, be they national, cultural or even faith-based.

    And I am not really surprised by the naysayers who continue to ply their trade, because that narrative of her as an underdog continues in more ways than apparent to us, including breaking in into heretofore uncharted territories in the entertainment industry. But we know she will eventually overcome these with her solid talent and character, and her narrative will have served its purpose of inspiring all of us, who will be rooting for her all the way.

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  3. jimfan155 says:
    Being Chinese, I am proud that Charice is Asian. But truth be told, I was blown away by her talent and stage presence when I saw the Star King performance. The fact that she was Filipino really didn’t factor into it for me. She could have been from anywhere, been any color and if I saw that performance my opinion would have been the same – I may have just witnessed the greatest entertainer I have ever seen in my life.

    Then following up watching all her videos and reading some of the comments, I was not too happy to learn of the crab mentality from some of her fellow countrymen. In addition, her being successful does not necessarily mean the doors will automatically open for Asians and Filipinos. Of course it will help but you have to have the talent and charisma to pull it off. I have waited 60 years to see an entertainer like Charice, so to say I will feel the same way about the next Asian star – I don’t know. I would compare he/she to Charice and that type of comparison would not really be fair, but maybe unavoidable. I fear the crab mentality would surface again for the next one.

    But for me it comes down to talent and star quality. If you have the “X” factor, people will recognize it and hopefully you wil get a fair shot at making it.

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  4. artemis gibran says:
    The BEST FEMALE VOACLIST of this generation is an ASIAN. The BEST LIVE PERFORMER in the world today is an ASIAN!

    CHARICE will open many gates for many people. Lets be inspired by her examples!

    Love you girl! God bless!

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  5. rant says:

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  6. denb3ar says:
    Hello world! Asian songstress will soar high and hopefully will open the gates to other Asian talents.

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  7. luvkcha09 says:
    go ASIA, put your all-out support to Charice.Let us make Charice the breakthough GLOBAL SUPERSTAR. I t will be good for all Asian singers coz, Asians will be noticed more around the world. It is about time the Asian talent to be recognized around the world. Let us start with Charice. Buy her CD`S and help stop piracy.

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  8. flowjam21 says:
    We Malaysian very thankful because the album release on that day of May 11th,although its very late an hour….but it’s Ok,coz is worth to waith…all the song in the album is really pretty much impressive for the self titled debut.Hope u guys,there in Singapore already had that album….5 star and A+++ Rating for the Album of Charice….Can’t wait for the next album,heheheh

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  9. tyramaid says:
    her album is not selling here in singapore!!!

    er, i mean, not available at this time, lol.

    singapore is waiting for your album, everybody here are crazy for you.
    hmv, a famous record store here said that a lot of people are awaiting your cd. the guy i spoke to said there are a lot of filipinos, and foreigners alike who’s been asking about the availability of your album.

    shipment of the cd’s was delayed. alamak!!!!

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    • Capofret says:

      im also here in singapore. they said it will be out May 17 which is still tentative..i also dont get it why in malaysia they have it when singapore is just an hour away from malaysia..hmm..anyway, it’s still worth the wait…good thing i have patience lol.

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  10. tsuki says:
    Charice!!! Congratulations. When are you going to Tokyo?

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    • lola-elrem says:
      hi tsuki, marc johnston announced today, may 15th, that charice will sing in tokyo on june 2010, so wait around!

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